alignment, width and surface type of the proposed trail. An applicant wishing to receive a density bonus for trail construction is strongly encouraged to submit preliminary trail design plans as early in the process as possible.
For every five (5) acres of prime agricultural soils or active farmland preserved at the site, one dwelling unit may be added as a density bonus; provided that this density bonus shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the Basic Maximum Number.
For every historic structure preserved and subject to a historic preservation restriction, one (1) dwelling unit may be added to the Basic Maximum Number.
For every four dwelling units in which alternative renewable energy (i.e. solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, and other sources deemed acceptable by the Planning Board) supplies at least fifty percent (50%) of the total annual energy requirements for heating and hot water for that dwelling unit, one dwelling unit may be added as a density bonus; provided that this density bonus shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the Basic Maximum Number.
A density bonus may be permitted when the proposed subdivision provides permanently affordable housing opportunities, whether within the Open Space Residential Subdivision or elsewhere in Sturbridge. When located within the Open Space Residential Subdivision, affordable units shall be developed concurrently with the market rate units.
For every two dwelling units restricted in perpetuity to occupancy by Moderate Income Households, or for every one dwelling unit restricted in perpetuity to occupancy by Low Income Households provided under this section, one additional market rate dwelling unit may be permitted, up to a maximum five percent (5%) of the Basic Maximum Number. Affordable housing units may be used toward density bonuses only if: they can be counted towards the Town’s affordable housing inventory as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. The applicant shall provide documentation demonstrating that the unit(s) shall count towards the community’s affordable housing inventory to the satisfaction of the Planning Board.